Alabama alum Dabo Swinney rooting for Seminoles to beat Crimson Tide

It's been seven years since a Coastal Division football team won the ACC's championship game. "We won the national championship in football and in basketball".

Swofford said that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spoke up, telling his colleagues that if they didn't believe the ACC had a rightful place in the playoff, "you need to take a look in the mirror".

"I don't like to be basic", Samuels said.

Many teams are starting practice this month under a one-year waiver that accompanied the overdue elimination of two-a-day practices, but it could become standard practice under a proposal to spread the 12-game regular season over 14 weeks.

Over the past four years, the ACC has produced two football national champions and a pair of Heisman Trophy winners.

Swinney said he "loves" this year's roster because he has a hungry group of players eager to prove themselves and keep up the Clemson's winning tradition.

"It's an important topic, as you well know, that requires, I think, a lot of thoughtful conversation and hopefully will end with thoughtful recommendations to find the right balance for our athletes as well as for our programs and universities", Swofford said. "It is cyclical. It's going to happen". I think it's been positive for the ACC.

Of course, not everyone agrees.

Swinney didn't want to let them get complacent in the offseason either. I don't want any of those things on our plate.

But even if he had remained silent, the presence of Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy victor, Dabo Swinney, the man who will forever be a hero for bringing a national championship back to upstate SC, and Jimbo Fisher, the architect of one of the sport's most consistent powerhouses as of late, would've done the talking.

Swofford sent the hour-long forum delving into an array of topics, including one that dominated conversation a year ago - the launching of the ACC Network, which comes online in 2019.

"Every single week you better come to play", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

And once they get here, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher, All-America safety Derwin James and quarterback Deondre Francois will spend the entire day shuffling between interviews with print media, electronic media and sports talk shows, while also participating in various promotional pieces for ESPN and other league partners. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said. I mean, there's no sense in complaining about it. When Vic Beasley left, 'Oh my God, how're you going to replace Vic Beasley.?' Well, we got a guy named Clelin Ferrell.

But as commissioner John Swofford mentioned Thursday at ACC Media Days: "You don't live too long on last year's laurels".

The elusive tight end/running back/wide receiver/utility player from Charlotte hasn't always gotten the recognition he's deserved because he falls through the voting cracks - especially past year, when he wasn't on the preseason all-ACC first team.

The Tigers lost the ACC Player of the Year in quarterback Deshaun Watson but still return experience on both sides of the ball. It just might not be at the top.

Overcoming Clemson, Florida State and Louisville in the division will be no easy task.

After looking up at the SEC throughout the BCS era, the ACC has a reason to brag a little at its annual football kickoff this year. I think that's one of the things we do best is we develop our players.

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